2 August 2016
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Pro-independence march in Erbil

1 August 2016 / Policy Brief
State-building in a fragmented Kurdistan Region

The roadmap to independence starts from home and ends at home. A fragmented and unstable Kurdistan Region is neither good for the stability of the Kurdistan Region nor for Iraq or the rest of the Middle East. Institutionalisation of national unity and promotion of good governance are a key priority in every country of the Middle East, and even more so for an emerging one like the Kurdistan Region.

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Civil servants protesting against salary cuts in the KRI

19 July 2016 / Opinion
Is austerity the most effective policy to solve the present financial crisis?

Continuing the current policy of reducing (by “withholding”) salaries, focusing on a single sector of the economy, and putting extra pressure on low and middle income families is an unsuitable response to the on-going financial crisis and likely to significantly dampen and delay recovery. The current policy of salary reductions might have been the only available emergency measure for the KRG to counter its empty treasury, but sustaining this policy in the long run is arguably counterproductive in an imploding economy.

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MERI Policy Report: Averting an Economic Meltdown in the KRI: Aligning Political Objectives with Economic Necessities

17 July 2016 / Publication
Averting an Economic Meltdown in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq: Aligning Political Objectives with Economic Necessities

MERI is pleased to release a policy report by Research Fellow Dr Athanasios Manis. The report is a contribution to the public debate in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq about crucial aspects of the current economic crisis and the Kurdistan Regional Government’s immediate response. In addition, it looks at the impact four different policy options may have in averting an economic meltdown in the short-term, on the assumption that the oil prices will remain suppressed for the foreseeable future. This report argues that it is only when the economic meltdown is averted in the short-term that the KRG will be able to proceed with deep structural reforms in the public sector and start working on the diversification of the economy.

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MERI seminar for UK Consul General Angus McKee

20 July 2016 / Events
The UK Consul General Angus McKee's remarks at MERI: From Safe Haven to Shakespeare: The UK-KRI Relations 

“The British mission is not simply about Daesh, it needs a secure Iraq and a strong Kurdistan Region with regards to politics and economy” said McKee during his talk and highlighted the importance of MERI as a safe space to engage with the issues and developments in the KRI; before going on to talk about the UK-KRI relationship and in particular the UK’s role in the fight against the Islamic State.

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KDPI Leadership at MERI

20 July 2016 / News
Mustafa Hijri at MERI: We are committed to peace, stability and democracy

“We need Kurdish unity to fight for Kurdish civil and human rights in Iran” said Mustafa Hijri, the General Secretary of the Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan (KDPI) in a visit to the Middle East Research Institute. “I have been following the activities of MERI for some time and highly value its contribution to the policy debates,” he added highlighting the role of MERI in providing a platform of debate for the pressing issues facing the region.

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1 August 2016 / Announcement 
MERI Job Adverts: Research Assistant, Coordinator of Media, Marketing and Communications, & IT Project Manager


MERI is looking for highly motivated candidates to fill the positions of Coordinator of Media, Marketing and Communications; Junior Research Fellow; and IT Project Manager. Terms of employment include a contract up to two years, renewable and subject to a 6 month probationary period. Interested candidates must complete MERI's online application form, as well as provide an up-to-date CV containing list of all publications/achievements and a covering letter.     

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July 2016 / Press
MERI Mentions 

selection of recent articles where MERI received international media coverage.



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